I think Microsoft's use of that vocabulary is quite smart because it seems with all the research I've been doing on this subject I have found that it seems no two in this field can agree on the definition of an anti-malware product. Microsoft's use of that vocabulary, security-related programs, keeps that document out of the debate that has been going on for so long about the difference between an anti-malware product and an anti-virus product.
I also didn't allow enough scope in the topic title here to really enable us to go into that without it seeming to appear I was going off-topic
But if it's okay with y'all I'll be happy to get into that here. It's an important area to this whole business.
Mind you, my priority is on finding research papers on the topic outlined in the topic title, but branching out isn't a problem with me.
I'm thinking that I ought to provide a little more background here.
I have been an Avast customer since leaving Norton about 2003 or 2004. But I am leaving Avast, and we sure don't want to get into that in this thread, but I was dragged back onto the Avast forum because of an unusual event that took place. A really unusual event. An expired Avast product -- one-year license on that -- that product expired and I didn't uninstall it for reasons I think were justifiable at my end and there was nothing in any of their documentation that stated an expired product had to be uninstalled. More importantly, I never signed any agreement to uninstall the product after it expired.
So I had that expired, so inactive product, on the last unit with an Avast product still installed and suddenly about ten days after it expired it was reactivated.
So that created a situation that required me to return to their forum and it's not been very pleasant over there. Understandable, because I am not a very good company boy, so to speak. I am not of the herd mentality. So while asking those folks for specifics in the documentation and being dragged through the mud by one weirdo and being treated with a bit of .. well, like I've got a Net version of a plague -- I decided to go ahead and jump into a full research mode with both feet.
One of the first things I did was go through my notes and see what other sites might be a good place for discussion of this matter and this site has popped up from time-to-time over the years when doing a search for this-or-that.
So I am essentially, in this first phase, into a search for the source of all this stuff about two anti-virus products can't be together even if one is inactive. Kind of like those folks a few centuries back that were searching for the source of the Nile. It must be out there somewhere, but where? In this case, it's probably a couple of sources. I sure hope so.
And I should add that nothing that is posted here will have any affect on the business at Avast. That event is clear. Clear as a black dog on a new field of snow. They must (they will) inform me of why that event took place.
What I have started here is a general research project. The Avast business just pushed this research to near the top of the list.
Moving on ... yes, I have an account over at Microsoft and might very well be asking them some questions specific to this matter, but not yet.
As for posting links, well, I already have a lot of notes and I was sort of wondering how far I should go with posting links here for this-or-that. For example, some forums don't much care for links to other forums, and it's on other forums where I see a lot of interesting points of view. And more frequently than not conflicting points of view.
There is also the problem that a lot of security related forums that are very active are tied to a given product and then one must deal with those company types that so often seem to have fogged up glasses. A funny fog that only allows a "good" view of their own company's product.
Edited by ManyQs, 29 May 2013 - 11:53 PM.